Oklahoma State football: Big Saturday for recruiting

by John Helsley and Jason Kersey and Gina Mizell Published: September 26, 2012


photo - Edmond Santa Fe's Khari Harding intercepts a pass as Jenk's Sam Laptad (82) and Santa Fe's Conner Bays look on during the Edmond Santa Fe - Jenks game at UCO's Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Friday, November 18, 2011. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN
Edmond Santa Fe's Khari Harding intercepts a pass as Jenk's Sam Laptad (82) and Santa Fe's Conner Bays look on during the Edmond Santa Fe - Jenks game at UCO's Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Friday, November 18, 2011. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Arkansas commitment Khari Harding, an Edmond Santa Fe senior safety, will take an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State on Saturday for the Cowboys' nationally televised game against Texas, according to his father, Corie.

Harding holds offers from several Division I programs, but none from any of the in-state schools. His most recent offer came from Washington State; former Oklahoma receiver Jarrail Jackson has been Harding's primary recruiter there.

Harding committed to Arkansas in June, but the Razorbacks' program has been in disarray. The Hogs were upset by Louisiana-Monroe, then routed by No. 1 Alabama, and the coaching situation is very much up in the air with John L. Smith not expected to return next season.

Edmond Santa Fe is 3-1 so far this season and plays in an important district game at Mustang on Friday night.

Harding's uncle, Rodney Harding, was a defensive lineman at OSU in the 1980s.

In addition to Harding, OSU is expecting several key recruits this weekend, according to GoPokes.com.

From the state of Florida, University High School (Fort Lauderdale) teammates Jordan Cunningham and Michael White are expected in for official visits. Cunningham is a 6-3, 180-pound receiver who holds 45 offers. White is a 6-4, 190-pound quarterback.

Current Cowboys commitment Jordan Sterns, a safety from Cibolo Steele High in Texas, will see OSU in action for the first time.

Peyton Newell, a standout junior defensive lineman from Hiawatha, Kan., plans to make the trip following his game Friday night. The 6-3, 275-pound Newell already holds 16 Division I offers, with the Cowboys among them.

“Oklahoma State is right at the top and they have been all along,” Newell's father, Frank Newell, told the website.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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